Tribune Tavern in old Oakland Trib bldg
I hope this succeeds. It's such an iconic building in downtown Oakland and the area has had some really tough economic troubles during the last few tumultuous years:
Chris Pastena of ChopBar, who is also working on converting Miss Pearl's Jam House at Jack London Square into a northern Italian restaurant, is simultaneously working on Tribune Tavern, in the old Oakland Tribune building downtown. It will be a tavern and bar concept that he's hoping to open by March 2013. He hopes to make announcements on chefs at both new restaurants shortly.
I walked by yesterday and the place was nearly full at lunchtime. Signs in the window indicated the official opening is April 10. It looks like a large, attractive space.
Diablo Dish reports that they'll have an in-house butcher and kitchen space devoted to the bar:
Just since yesterday, the webiste has been updated, menu here:
The 21-day dry-aged ribeye @ $40 will be a first downtown. Oddly, they don't mention dry-aging for the other steaks, topping out at $44 for the t-bone.
Went in for the first time for happy hour yesterday- well-crafted, if a little light on the booze, cocktails, $5. The best of those was the margarita; all are slightly different than you'd expect. The gin and tonic with house tonic was dark in appearance, and the mai tai looked milky.
Mediocre beers litter the landscape- too much Linden St., and Mendocino Brewing- really? The ubiquitous Racer 5 was the best of the bunch. Rock Wall Zin on tap, and a nice rye whiskey selection professionally served- large ice cubes.
Dinner service begins at 5pm, when I ordered the pork trotter and cheek fritters. This is hands-down the singlemost must order dish in the town right now.
Very lively by the time I left; beautiful space.
The wings I saw come out didn't look great, but a new friend's burger looked fantastic.